Eat Smart  |  Posted 10.22.14

Spiced Toasted Almonds

Spiced Toasted Almonds

Americans tend to not consume enough calcium-rich foods, so work in a calcium kick at snack time. Almonds have 74 mg calcium per ounce and more than 3 g of fiber. Mind your “Ps”: portion into small bags or containers, and why not try out this mindfulness challenge: take one almond at a time!

Makes 2 cups or 8 servings.


  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp red (cayenne) pepper, or to taste
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 2 cups whole, unblanched almonds
  • canola oil spray


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In large, shallow bowl, combine thyme, salt, pepper and oil. Set aside.
  • Place nuts in medium bowl. While tossing with fork, lightly spray with canola oil so all surfaces are coated.
  • Lightly coat baking sheet with canola oil spray. Turn nuts onto sheet and spread evenly across surface. Place baking sheet in center of the oven.
  • Toast until nuts are lightly browned and fragrant - about 8 minutes. Occasionally, shake pan to shift nuts and prevent scorching. (Be careful not to let nuts get too dark or they'll taste burned.)
  • Remove from oven and immediately add hot nuts to spice mixture. Stir for a few minutes to coat the nuts thoroughly. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature. Nuts can be sealed and stored for up to two weeks. Reheat in a hot oven.

Per serving: 223 calories, 19 g. total fat (1 g. saturated fat), 7 g. carbohydrate, 7 g. protein, 4 g. dietary fiber, 235 mg. sodium.

Recipe from American Institute for Cancer Research